The Eurecat technology centre will join the Ricardo Valle Institute for Innovation (Innova IRV), which brings together the main national leaders in microelectronics, transversal and applied digital technologies, as a collaborating entity.
As part of their incorporation into the Foundation, Innova IRV and Eurecat have begun work to define forms of a “win-win” relationship, which they consider strategic for both entities, which have multiple synergies and complementarities.
This work will address the identification of Eurecat’s technological capabilities that may be of greatest interest to the Innova IRV community, based on the demand for innovation from companies, particularly those operating in international markets.
Among others, the areas of artificial intelligence applied to sectorial environments will be explored, such as industry 4.0, health or agri-food, and other areas related to a circular economy.
In addition, coordination and collaboration mechanisms will be established within the Foundation for the execution of joint projects, the creation of new technology-based companies and participation in international R&D projects.
The aim is also to identify a concrete project that will make it possible to test in practice the best formulas for long-term, scalable collaboration. From the outset, the agreement will include the possibility of serving as a basis for replication with other entities and the creation of a broader network.
In this sense, Xavier López, Corporate and Operations CEO of Eurecat, highlighted that the incorporation of the technology centre into the Ricardo Valle Institute Foundation aims to “join forces and cooperate to generate more technological and economic value and new opportunities for companies, through innovations that have an impact on their competitiveness, in the face of the challenges introduced by key aspects such as digitisation and sustainability.”
On the other hand, Ezequiel Navarro, president of Innova IRV, pointed out that this step means “aligning the strategies of both centres for the benefit of innovation and with the common objective of responding to the needs of companies, focusing the priority on the market.”
Eurecat, the Technology Centre of Catalonia, brings together the experience of more than 700 professionals who generate an annual turnover of more than 55 million euros and provide services to 2,000 companies. Applied R&D, technological services, highly specialised training, technological consultancy and professional events are some of the services that Eurecat offers to both large and small and medium-sized companies in all sectors. With facilities in Barcelona, Canet de Mar, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Girona, Lleida, Manresa, Mataró, Reus, Tarragona, Amposta and Vila-seca, Eurecat participates in more than 200 large national and international R&D&I consortia projects of high strategic value and has 181 patents and 9 spin-offs. The added value provided by Eurecat accelerates innovation, reduces spending on scientific and technological infrastructures, reduces risks and provides specialised knowledge tailored to each company.